Sisi commends progress in Azerbaijan-Armenia border demarcation

Radwa ElSayed Hani , Saturday 8 Jun 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi commended on Saturday the recent progress on the demarcation of borders between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which paves the way for a new phase of development and serves the interests of the peoples of the region.


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi receives his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Cairo, 8 June 2024. Photo: Egyptian Presidency

 

During a press conference with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Cairo, El-Sisi reiterated Egypt's support for all initiatives aimed at achieving peace and stability in the South Caucasus region and full support for dialogue and negotiation towards a just and comprehensive peace. 

For his part, Aliyev affirmed to El-Sisi that the border has been stable over the past two years.

In April, Azerbaijan and Armenia reached an agreement, according to which Armenia shall return four villages to Azerbaijan and demarcate the borders, in a bid to end decades of territorial disputes and clashes.

The four abandoned settlements, which are to be returned to Azerbaijan, were taken over by Armenian forces in the 1990s.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commended this important step, calling on both sides to take further confidence-building steps for a peace deal between both countries.

Gaza crisis
 

During the press conference, El-Sisi outlined Egypt's efforts to provide access to humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and to achieve a ceasefire, calling for promoting peace and coexistence in the region, instead of wars, destruction, and devastation.

He also stressed the importance of establishing an independent Palestinian State on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international resolutions.

Meanwhile, Aliyev affirmed Azerbaijan's steadfast agreement with Egypt on all international issues, expressing his full support to the Egyptian efforts on the Gaza crisis and calling for an end to this war.

He further stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital.

COP29
 

The Azeri president mentioned that he invited El-Sisi to participate in the COP29 climate conference, which will be held in the capital Baku in November, praising Egypt's successful hosting of the COP27 summit in 2022.

He also expressed his happiness visiting Egypt, looking forward to strengthening the bilateral relations, and emphasizing the need to enhance trade between both countries.

From his side, El-Sisi extended his congratulations to Azerbaijan for hosting and organizing COP29.

Furthermore, Egypt's president underscored the importance of maintaining regular political consultations between the two countries.

In this regard, El-Sisi pointed out to the upcoming Egyptian-Azerbaijani Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Technical and Scientific Cooperation, in addition to the Egyptian-Azerbaijani Businessmen's Forum which shall contribute to advancing bilateral economic and trade relations.

Bilateral agreements
 

Prior to the press conference, El-Sisi and Aliyev witnessed the signing of several memoranda of understanding and agreements between Egypt and Azerbaijan.

These included an agreement on youth and sports signed by the respective ministries of both countries..

Meanwhile, a cooperation and friendship agreement between Cairo governorate in Egypt and Baku City Executive Authority in Azerbaijan was signed.

Furthermore, both countries signed an MoU in the field of electricity and renewable energy, between the countries’ respective ministries.

Officials from both countries also signed a joint action plan between Egypt's General Authority for Investment and Free Zones and Azerbaijan's Export and Investment Promotion Agency.

A cooperation protocol was signed between Egypt's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Azerbaijan's Ministry of Economy.

The Egyptian president and his Azeri counterpart also witnessed the signing of an MoU in the field of expertise exchange between Egypt's Ministry of International Cooperation and Azerbaijan's Ministry of Economy.

In addition, the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Azeri Ministry of Digital Development and Transport signed an agreement in communications and information technology field.

The Azeri president arrived in Cairo on Friday.

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